I have to write an 8 page paper with the thesis "Life in Paris was positively affected because of World War I and this effect was shown through fashion, music, the economy, and society despite death rates increasing and the work force decreasing after the war."
And I just don't really know where to begin. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
The thesis is your starting place. It tells you exactly what is to be included in the rest of your essay/paper. I don't know if you have researched any of this or if you just know it.
Start with life in Paris prior to WWI. What was it like? Fashion? Job market? Unemployment? Entertainment industry? Economy? etc. The thesis says that life was positively affected, so you need to tell your reader how bad it was BEFORE WWI.
Second is to guide your reader through the transformation of fashion, music, economy, and society that WWI brought Paris. That section is going to be an evidence heavy section. Lots of examples that compare and contrast to the previous few years.
The final section is going to be more your voice about WHY those changes were able to happen despite the reduction in population and work force. Maybe it was easier to instigate changes because of smaller population. Maybe it was because the war itself caused so much culture mixing that Paris simply "evolved" with the influx of new ideas. Regardless, you will need to provide ample evidence to back up your reasoning.